Our bird survey team completed the summer survey at Silcock Street Reserve (Hays Inlet). Although early in the morning, it was still a hot day with many of the resident birds settled down in their shady areas. They observed 56 species of birds, including the Pheasant Coucal, juvenile Dusky Moorhens and the highlight a female Mistletoe Bird at it's nest.
Our bird survey team completed the winter survey at the Silcock Street Reserve (Hays Inlet) observing 56 species. Some of the highlights included close encounters with a Spangled Drongo and a display from Golden-headed Cisticolas, who spend most of their time in darting amongst the reeds of the waterways and lagoons. We also observed over 300 black-winged Stilts roosting on a slightly submerged sandbank in the middle of Hays Inlet. This reminds us of the importance of this inlet providing a resting site at high tide for our water birds including the migratory waders that will return from the Arctic Circle to Moreton Bay in the late spring (September/October). The program commenced in October 2015 and was the 28th quarterly survey conducted for the site. A total of 138 species of bird has been observed using the reserve and Hays Inlet.